ADRS, AIDB sponsor upcoming White Cane Day Walk

ADRS Orientation and Mobility Specialist Yolanda Smith teaches white cane skills to an individual who is visually impaired

A line of white canes is on display at the 2013 walk

An upcoming event in Talladega will highlight the importance of the white cane to the independence of people with visual impairments.

National White Cane Awareness Day will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 30, with a free, public event organized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB).

The festivities will begin with the 2nd Annual White Cane Day Walk, which will take participants from the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce at 210 East St. S in Talladega to the Talladega Regional Family Life Center at 405 Battle St. W. Once at the center, there will be food as well as a number of fun and educational activities, including free vision screenings, musical entertainment, assistive technology demonstrations, blind and low-vision exhibits, and blindfolded activities and games.

On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. The opening ceremony will be at 9 a.m., with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. The event will wrap up by 1 p.m.

Participants may pre-register at or by calling Jennifer Stephens at 256-761-3732.

White Cane Day has been observed nationally on Oct. 15 since 1964.

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